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ISBN13: 9780812977387
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Greece, 1940. Not sunny vacation Greece: northern Greece, Macedonian Greece, Balkan Greece — the city of Salonika. In that ancient port, with its wharves and warehouses, dark lanes and Turkish mansions, brothels and tavernas, a tense political drama is being played out. On the northern border, the Greek army has blocked Mussolini’s invasion, pushing his divisions back to Albania — the first defeat suffered by the Nazis, who have conquered most of Europe. But Adolf Hitler cannot tolerate such freedom; the invasion is coming, it’s only a matter of time, and the people of Salonika can only watch and wait.

At the center of this drama is Costa Zannis, a senior police official, head of an office that handles special “political” cases. As war approaches, the spies begin to circle, from the Turkish legation to the German secret service. There’s a British travel writer, a Bulgarian undertaker, and more. Costa Zannis must deal with them all. And he is soon in the game, securing an escape route — from Berlin to Salonika, and then to a tenuous safety in Turkey, a route protected by German lawyers, Balkan detectives, and Hungarian gangsters. And hunted by the Gestapo.

Meanwhile, as war threatens, the erotic life of the city grows passionate. For Zannis, that means a British expatriate who owns the local ballet academy, a woman from the dark side of Salonika society, and the wife of a local shipping magnate.

Declared “an incomparable expert at his game” by The New York Times, Alan Furst outdoes even his own finest novels in this thrilling new book. With extraordinary authenticity, a superb cast of characters, and heart-stopping tension as it moves from Salonika to Paris to Berlin and back, Spies of the Balkans is a stunning novel about a man who risks everything to right — in many small ways — the world’s evil.

Review:

"Unfolds like a vivid dream....One couldn't ask for a more engrossing novel." The Wall Street Journal

Review:

"Impeccable historical fiction...intelligent [and] entertaining." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Furst vividly [mixes] love and adventure....His books combine exhaustive research with exceptional narrative skill." The Washington Post

Review:

"Brilliant...told with unusual detail and flair." Alan Cheuse, National Public Radio

Synopsis:

Greece, 1940. In the port city of Salonika, with its wharves and brothels, dark alleys and Turkish mansions, a tense political drama is being played out. As Adolf Hitler plans to invade the Balkans, spies begin to circle — and Costa Zannis, a senior police official, must deal with them all. He is soon in the game, working to secure an escape route for fugitives from Nazi Berlin that is protected by German lawyers, Balkan detectives, and Hungarian gangsters — and hunted by the Gestapo. Meanwhile, as war threatens, the erotic life of the city grows passionate. For Zannis, that means a British expatriate who owns the local ballet academy, a woman from the dark side of Salonika society, and the wife of a shipping magnate. With extraordinary historical detail and a superb cast of characters, Spies of the Balkans is a stunning novel about a man who risks everything to fight back against the world’s evil.

About the Author

Alan Furst is widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel. Now translated into seventeen languages, he is the bestselling author of Night Soldiers, Dark Star, The Polish Officer, The World at Night, Red Gold, Kingdom of Shadows, Blood of Victory, Dark Voyage, and The Foreign Correspondent. Born in New York, he now lives in Paris and on Long Island.

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carlsfrog, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by carlsfrog)
Okay, this isn't a new book or anything, but it views a different theater of war during World War II. We know about France and some of Eastern Europe and Russia, but Greece and Turkey are sort of a forgotten corner. As historical fiction, it is entertaining, but also highly informative, and the characters are real, interesting people... Just loved it!
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carlsfrog, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by carlsfrog)
Okay, this isn't a new book or anything, but it views a different theater of war during World War II. We know about France and some of Eastern Europe and Russia, but Greece and Turkey are sort of a forgotten corner. As historical fiction, it is entertaining, but also highly informative, and the characters are real, interesting people... Just loved it!
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Jukesgrrl, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Jukesgrrl)
I'm a huge fan of Furst's World War II novels and have read them all. But Spies of the Balkans stands out as one of his most accessible, evocative, and page-turning. This requires no background knowledge about the war or the Balkan nations. It's just a flat-out, fast-moving story about integrity and bravery in a time when Europe is in the midst of some of history's darkest days.

Furst's characters and his portrait of Salonika are vivid and moving. Despite the fact that the author is clear-eyed in his presentation of Nazi and Fascist evil, his stories give one hope for the actions of good, brave (although not one-dimensional) women and men ultimately triumphing in the face of political oppression.

If you enjoy WWII novels, stories of spies in Europe, or the works of Eric Ambler, Graham Greene, Philip Kerr, Joseph Kanon, or David Downing, add Alan Furst to your reading list if you haven't already.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812977387
Author:
Furst, Alan
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Author:
Furst, Alan
Subject:
Espionage
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Technothrillers
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
MAP
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
28 x 8.25 x 6.25 in 8 lb

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Product details 304 pages Random House Trade Paperbacks - English 9780812977387 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Unfolds like a vivid dream....One couldn't ask for a more engrossing novel."
"Review" by , "Impeccable historical fiction...intelligent [and] entertaining."
"Review" by , "Furst vividly [mixes] love and adventure....His books combine exhaustive research with exceptional narrative skill."
"Review" by , "Brilliant...told with unusual detail and flair."
"Synopsis" by , Greece, 1940. In the port city of Salonika, with its wharves and brothels, dark alleys and Turkish mansions, a tense political drama is being played out. As Adolf Hitler plans to invade the Balkans, spies begin to circle — and Costa Zannis, a senior police official, must deal with them all. He is soon in the game, working to secure an escape route for fugitives from Nazi Berlin that is protected by German lawyers, Balkan detectives, and Hungarian gangsters — and hunted by the Gestapo. Meanwhile, as war threatens, the erotic life of the city grows passionate. For Zannis, that means a British expatriate who owns the local ballet academy, a woman from the dark side of Salonika society, and the wife of a shipping magnate. With extraordinary historical detail and a superb cast of characters, Spies of the Balkans is a stunning novel about a man who risks everything to fight back against the world’s evil.
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